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Prioritizing Community Engagement and Equity in Climate Resilience Planning

By Heather Houser, Lourdes Rodríguez, and Jonathan Lowell

Austin residents gather in early 2020 to discuss priorities for the city’s updated climate plan. Image credit: Office of Sustainability, City of Austin

Planet Texas 2050 is a grand challenge at The University of Texas at Austin with an 8-year mission to find tangible ways of making the state more resilient in the face of climate change and a rapidly growing population. We also understand that without acknowledging and addressing



Texas' population could nearly double by the year 2050. Extreme weather events will bring more floods, more droughts, and more heat. Our state's resources can't support those demands. Making Texas resilient is our grand challenge.

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Planet Texas 2050

We're a group of researchers from across UT Austin. Making Texas resilient in the face of rapid population growth and climate extremes is our grand challenge.